McKenna Shook and her mom Kirsten Duffy recently go to attend the USEF and NCDCTA annual awards dinners in KY. and NC. recently to accept her 2015 awards. They made us all very proud here at the farm!
USDF All Breed Jr/Yr First Level Performance Horse Champion and Reserve Champion
USEF Performance Horse Jr/Yr Dressage First Level National Champion
USEF Performance Horse Dressage First Level Zone Champion
NCDCTA Jr/Yr First Level Reserve Champion
NCDCTA Jr/Yr Beg Novice 5th place
McKenna Shook and her lovely liver chestnut gelding “Dunvegan” aka Duncan, proved their versatility by winning their division of Beginner Novice at the Warhorse Event series finale at the beautiful Carolina Horse Park on 11/09/2015. McKenna led from start to finish and had a big smile on her face at the end of all three phases! This was the pair’s first outing at that level.
Congratulations to Mckenna and “Duncan” on being a contributing part of the winning Junior Team at the Labor of Love Dressage Show this past weekend. The pair also achieved their 2nd qualifying score for the Region 1 championships at 1st level, as well as Mckenna earning her last score for her 1st level rider certificate.
Genuine Gem earned the Horse of the year in the NCDCTA Open 4th level division with Elizabeth. He also made his debut at the Prix St. George level during the Pinehurst schooling dressage show series, earning a 66% in February. She is fine tuning his performance a bit more in hopes of being able to compete at that level and the Intermediare I level at recognized competitions later this season.
Melissa Johnson, Diane Doub, MacKenna Shook, and Elizabeth/Gem
We had fun at the NCDCTA championships! Everyone had some “best” moments; Elizabeth‘s horse Genuine Gem came home with the Reserve Championship in the Open 4th level division. MacKenna Shook broke the 80% barrier with her horse Dunvegan in the Training equitation rider class.Elizabeth‘s large pony Zee Cloud got his 2nd qualifying score of 71% for the GAIG’s in the 1st level Open division. Diane Doub and her horse Prestige finished 7th in the AA 2nd level division with scores of 63% and 62%, with this being only her 3rd recognized show at that level. Many thanks to everyone who came out to the show to help us!
Lisa/Toblerone and Sue/Tango RS
Congratulations to Lisa Kim and Sue Hall, pictured here with their brand-new beautiful black horses Toblerone and Tango RS. The pairings had a very successful first outing to the Cattolica dressage show with each scoring 70%+ on the Intro C and Training 3 tests respectively. VHF wishes them lots of future success together, and we may even have to take to calling them “the T and T team” or “TNT” for short!
Katie and Ladybug
Congratulations to Katie Kim and VHF’s Ladybug on their successful first dressage show outing to Antares Dressage show, where they earned a 65+% in both Intro A and B, good for a first and second place. We expect great things from this pair in the future.
Kris and Brandy
Congratulations to Cindy Roberts on her purchase of Brandywynn aka Brandy from Kristina Gibbons, after Kris’s successful first outing at the Novice level of eventing at the Carolina Horse Park where they placed fifth with both clean stadium and cross country rides. Cindy plans to compete at the Beginner novice level as well as in Training level dressage and trail riding with Brandy.
Alison, Bari, and Barbara
Congratulations to Barbara Jacobs of Katy, TX. on her purchase of Bariton from Alison Coyle of Apex, N.C. Barbara is a lifelong equestrian who owns her own stable, Blue Ribbon Meadows, near Houston. She says she has already ridden Bari successfully in some clinics and plans to compete him and continue his training at the F.E.I. levels.